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Kynetx
Jan 8, 2003


Full of ignorant tribalism. Kinda sad.


RealKyleH posted:

yea 4/0 = 0000 = 4 "aught"

It'll probably do thicker, this was for testing the crimps and I only had up to 4/0 available. I was using the HH80C. Based on the tonnage it'll probably crimp up to 750MCM like the HC134 but I am not aware of MIL SPEC dies for it past the 4/0.

http://www.crimptech.au.com/hydraulic_crimp_tools.htm

Those are some cool-rear end crimpers.
We use battery operated Huskie (not to be confused with Husky) crimping tools in the 15+ ton range. Crimping lugs onto 750 MCM is pretty easy for these things. The real challenge is crimping an H-Tap of the type you see on this page: http://www-public.tnb.com/ps/util/i...=cg_compression

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scapulataf
Jul 18, 2007

by Ozmaugh


Splizwarf posted:

Slip-joint pliers. Channel Lock is a (frighteningly well-defended) brand name. Ask me about the time blood came out of my ears.


Channel lock pliers.
http://www.channellock.com/

Slip joint pliers.
http://www.channellock.com/acb/stor...&Category_ID=10

Check mate.

Now lets hear about this blood.

Drunk Pledge Driver
Nov 10, 2004


scapulataf posted:

Channel lock pliers.
http://www.channellock.com/

Slip joint pliers.
http://www.channellock.com/acb/stor...&Category_ID=10

Check mate.

Now lets hear about this blood.

So according to their site those are called Tongue and Groove pliers.

ease
Jul 19, 2004

HUGE

Channel Lock sounds too french for tools. I like Klein.
http://www.service.kleintools.com/C...8F3D045+PRD+ENG

PUMP.

Chauncey
Sep 16, 2007

Gibbering
Fathead




Since we were talking about crimp connectors I thought I'd share this cool one. It's a connector for a 50k volt line for a power plant. It is of aluminum and the wires are aluminum except for 10 stainless steel wires in the center of the bundle.


Click here for the full 1200x1600 image.

AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


Oh that? Thats my Dawkins novel, I'm an ATHEIST.

Kynetx
Jan 8, 2003


Full of ignorant tribalism. Kinda sad.


Chauncey posted:

Since we were talking about crimp connectors I thought I'd share this cool one. It's a connector for a 50k volt line for a power plant. It is of aluminum and the wires are aluminum except for 10 stainless steel wires in the center of the bundle.


Click here for the full 1200x1600 image.


That's pretty similar to what I work with, except what we use is tinned copper. I imagine the tools are the same.

mod sassinator
Dec 13, 2006



You would think someone who worked with 50k volt lines would have a healthy belief in god.

Chauncey
Sep 16, 2007

Gibbering
Fathead




RealKyleH posted:

Oh that? Thats my Dawkins novel, I'm an ATHEIST.

The funny thing is that is the bench of my fellow mechanic/machinist that has been working there 30 years since he graduated high school and is the kindest farm boy you'd ever meet. The book just happened to be sitting there. He took an interest in what I was reading and now he reads all my books whenever I get done with one. '

So yeah, definitely not a smug piece of poo poo atheist. Just a bad rear end machinist that has a healthy interest in all things interesting. Also, The Selfish Gene is a book explaining all the delicate intricacies of evolution, not a book about how God isn't real. Well if I put it like that I guess it is.

AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


I was just joking. I'm an atheist...and a certified machinist. Small world. What does the company you work for make?

Chauncey
Sep 16, 2007

Gibbering
Fathead




Sorry, I came off a bit defensive. I'm still an apprentice right now and I work for a dental supply company. We make a lot of teeth. Sounds real exciting I know but they actually have a pretty big range of different equipment, production processes and stuff so there's a lot of cool stuff to work on.

The crimp connector was from one of the aforementioned machinist's friends that works for the power company.

We actually have 5 separate machine shops: Our maintenance machine shop, a machine shop with 4 cnc mold making machines and related stuff, another one to repair the molds and make prototypes, and 2 more making small brass fittings and other parts. The cool thing is that in one of the machine shops, there are 10 Tornos screw machines from Switzerland built in the 1930s, cam-driven and cool to look at but a pain in the rear end to set-up, and some custom built machines to finish the parts. One floor up there are a couple CNCs and like 10 oldschool hardinge lathes fitted with cnc controls. It's a good mix of old and new. Our maintenance shop is responsible for keeping everything running, and also building new machines or making parts from our lovely engineers' drawings.


I ramble.

Chauncey fucked around with this message at 06:16 on Dec 18, 2009

scapulataf
Jul 18, 2007

by Ozmaugh


Drunk Pledge Driver posted:

So according to their site those are called Tongue and Groove pliers.

Yeah, but bondo, kleenex, band aids.

Elephanthead
Sep 11, 2008




Toilet Rascal

The harbor freight jack has a coupon making it 60 bucks.

SNiPER_Magnum
Jan 21, 2001

Don't close. Don't close.

Nap Ghost

Does the aluminum jack accept the transmission adapter? Lugging the regular jack around is getting old and my back wants to replace it. I think the 2-1/4 ton rating is actually the weight.

Sexual Lorax
Mar 17, 2004

HERE'S TO FUCKING



Fun Shoe

SNiPER_Magnum posted:

Does the aluminum jack accept the transmission adapter? Lugging the regular jack around is getting old and my back wants to replace it. I think the 2-1/4 ton rating is actually the weight.

I'll check my jack tonight--I have that exact model. Their 3 Ton Floor Jack Transmission Adapter might be the one to get for it. If so, I'm picking an adapter up on January 1 during their psycho sale.

CatBus
May 12, 2001

Who wants a mustache ride?

I doubt that transmission dolly is going to work with the 1.5ton jack. That thing is a tiny little toy, compared to the 3 ton jacks. I finally opened the box on mine, and it is about 1/3 the size of my 3 ton (although it is easier to move around, obviously).

It seems like a good portable jack, but I wouldn't want it as my only shop jack.

Sexual Lorax
Mar 17, 2004

HERE'S TO FUCKING



Fun Shoe

Sexual Lorax posted:

I'll check my jack tonight--I have that exact model. Their 3 Ton Floor Jack Transmission Adapter might be the one to get for it. If so, I'm picking an adapter up on January 1 during their psycho sale.

Did I say "tonight"? Sorry about that. I'll be home in two days, and then I'll take a look.

grover
Jan 23, 2002

PEW PEW PEW







I scored a new torque wrench for christmas! Santa bring anyone else new tools?

ease
Jul 19, 2004

HUGE

I got socks :/

scapulataf
Jul 18, 2007

by Ozmaugh


grover posted:

I scored a new torque wrench for christmas! Santa bring anyone else new tools?

Stanley Multi-tool, and a laser level that I have no use for.
None the less free TOOLS!!

PBCrunch
Jun 17, 2002

Lawrence Phillips Always #1 to Me

I got a Craftsman rolling tool chest, two fluorescent light fixtures for the garage, and one of those corded drop lights that retracts when you yank on the cord.

ab0z
Jun 28, 2008

by angerbotSD


$150 visa gift cards, so any tools in that price range
60-tooth craftsman ratchet and Craftsman mechanics gloves (technically a graduation gift for getting my BS)
and $70 cash (also grad gift), used to buy crimping pliers and 2 different sizes of needlenose, and something else yet to be decided.

I'm thinking it's about time I bought some toolboxes for all this crap.

Petit.Conan
Aug 8, 2002


"Super" Wonder bar and a 2 Ton come along, and I think I'm going to go buy myself a breaker bar, torque wrench, and maybe my own set of impact sockets.

Rhyno
Mar 22, 2003

Psst! It's me!
The Sinister with the mutant gene.


I picked up a 5 piece front end service kit from HF today and I saw this in the new ad,
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ct...97503&Submit=Go

Would anyone recommend this as a starter welder? I have a few small holes in the floorboards of my Escort that will need fixing, would this handle that job?

Drunk Pledge Driver
Nov 10, 2004


Just wanted to let you motorcycle guys know that I saw a heavy duty chain breaker tool in the latest Harbor Freight ad. Had a coupon to get it for $10, normal price is $15. I'm gonna grab one so I have a separate tool for breaking and thus don't have to risk breaking a piece off of my $100 riveter/breaker combo.

ease
Jul 19, 2004

HUGE

Rhyno posted:

I picked up a 5 piece front end service kit from HF today and I saw this in the new ad,
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ct...97503&Submit=Go

Would anyone recommend this as a starter welder? I have a few small holes in the floorboards of my Escort that will need fixing, would this handle that job?

I'd take your 200$ to craigslist and try to find a better brand used.

frozenphil
Mar 13, 2003

YOU CANNOT MAKE A MISTAKE SO BIG THAT 80 GRIT CAN'T FIX IT!


Rhyno posted:

I picked up a 5 piece front end service kit from HF today and I saw this in the new ad,
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ct...97503&Submit=Go

Would anyone recommend this as a starter welder? I have a few small holes in the floorboards of my Escort that will need fixing, would this handle that job?

You do not buy complicated machines, electronic stuff, or safety equipment from Harbor Freight. Harbor Freight is to be used for simple machines and hand tools only. This is a rule you should follow if you value your time, money, and/or life.

AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


I have a chinese TIG welder that other than the lcd no longer working functions correctly. Ive used it probably 30-40 times in three years. If I could go back I would've bought a used, less powerful, branded, MIG or TIG rather than my more powerful (200A AC/DC) Tig although welding aluminum has been very nice sometimes.

ab0z
Jun 28, 2008

by angerbotSD


frozenphil posted:

You do not buy complicated machines, electronic stuff, or safety equipment from Harbor Freight. Harbor Freight is to be used for simple machines and hand tools only. This is a rule you should follow if you value your time, money, and/or life.

You are correct. Except for their 99cent safety glasses, those are a decent value for throwaway/giveaway/working under the car use.

laymil
Sep 13, 2005

so it goes...

ab0z posted:

You are correct. Except for their 99cent safety glasses, those are a decent value for throwaway/giveaway/working under the car use.

Welding helmet and nearly all of their gloves as well.

ab0z
Jun 28, 2008

by angerbotSD


Their blue nitrile gloves are ultra cheap, but if you catch them on sale their still a good value. I haven't tried their other gloves.

DJ Commie
Feb 29, 2004

Stupid drivers always breaking car, Gronk fix car...


Their little digital calipers for like $10 are actually pretty decent, also since it can change units instantly. I wouldn't do anything beyond a few hundredths with it, but they are plenty useful.

Black88GTA
Oct 8, 2009


Baby Hitler posted:

Their little digital calipers for like $10 are actually pretty decent, also since it can change units instantly. I wouldn't do anything beyond a few hundredths with it, but they are plenty useful.

I checked one of these against a $100 (I think) Mitutoyo we have at work. The HF one was dead on. Only thing with the HF unit is that you have to take the battery out each time you use it, otherwise it'll drain it just sitting.

fatman1683
Jan 8, 2004
.

What's the general opinion on HF's compressors? I'm thinking about getting one of the small oil-lubricated uprights with my 25% off coupon tomorrow.

Kynetx
Jan 8, 2003


Full of ignorant tribalism. Kinda sad.


fatman1683 posted:

What's the general opinion on HF's compressors? I'm thinking about getting one of the small oil-lubricated uprights with my 25% off coupon tomorrow.

I've got one... You're better off going used.

Slung Blade
Jul 10, 2002

IN STEEL WE TRUST



I've got the same brand (well, same company basically) as RealKyleH, but mine isn't as nice or as full featured as his.

I've only used mine for arc welding, but I've been really happy with it.

It's not great to learn with, but once I took a course and figured out what the gently caress I was supposed to do, it's pretty good.

I'd rather have a better name brand welder too, but honestly, a plasma cutter, TIG, and arc machine all in one for 700 bucks is pretty loving enticing.

frozenphil
Mar 13, 2003

YOU CANNOT MAKE A MISTAKE SO BIG THAT 80 GRIT CAN'T FIX IT!


Slung Blade posted:

I've got the same brand (well, same company basically) as RealKyleH, but mine isn't as nice or as full featured as his.

I've only used mine for arc welding, but I've been really happy with it.

It's not great to learn with, but once I took a course and figured out what the gently caress I was supposed to do, it's pretty good.

I'd rather have a better name brand welder too, but honestly, a plasma cutter, TIG, and arc machine all in one for 700 bucks is pretty loving enticing.

Which type of arc welding? Arc welding encompasses Stick, MIG, and TIG welding.

Low Percent Lunge
Jan 29, 2007

THE POWER
OF DREAMS


RedBull gives you whines


Baby Hitler posted:

Their little digital calipers for like $10 are actually pretty decent, also since it can change units instantly. I wouldn't do anything beyond a few hundredths with it, but they are plenty useful.
I've got this one, it's probably the same exact product that HF sells
http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.2306

It's great for what it's worth to be honest.

Sockington
Jul 26, 2003


Whitey Ford posted:

I've got this one, it's probably the same exact product that HF sells
http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.2306

It's great for what it's worth to be honest.

I have the identical one with a different brand name. Handy as gently caress.

EDIT: I picked up this badboy for the garage.


\/\/\/ Now you can find that gerbil, right?

Sockington fucked around with this message at 15:23 on Jan 1, 2010

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meatpimp
May 15, 2004

Psst -- Wanna buy

EVERYWHERE
some high-quality thread's DESTROYED!



Cheap borescope! http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ct...temnumber=66550

Regular HF price -- $149, on sale for $99 through January 4. Plus, today's 25% off coupon brought my price to $80.05 after tax.

They had stacks of the 25% off 1-item coupons sitting on the registers, so go get some new toys today!

Edit: I just charged the screen up and tried it. Holy poo poo that's cool.

meatpimp fucked around with this message at 14:55 on Jan 1, 2010

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